Borgen has returned a decade later, the Danish political drama about a captivating lady who becomes Prime Minister has become one of Scandinavia’s most popular television export.
The fourth season will premiere on Danish television on Sunday, ahead of its much anticipated international premiere on Netflix in the spring.
Former Danish Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg was last seen the day after her brand-new political party won a landslide victory in elections. She is now a foreign minister in a cabinet led by a woman who is ten years her junior.
“Since we said goodbye to Birgitte, a lot of things have changed,” said Henriette Marienlund, head of drama at Danish public broadcaster DR which developed the series.
“She’s older, her life is different, her children have grown up and the world is different,” Marienlund told AFP.
Nyborg now finds herself dealing with the finding of oil in Greenland, Denmark’s autonomous area, believing it holds the answer to the country’s independence.
For the fourth season, Borgen – The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, series creator Adam Price wanted a whole new storyline, explained Marienlund.
Many of the original cast members, including Sidse Babett Knudsen as Nyborg, have returned. This time, though, she has a totally different job to play.
“Even though this season is more international than the previous ones, it is still a very Danish series where you see a lot of the Danish lifestyle”, said Marienlund.
“Borgen was commissioned for a Danish audience”, says University of Copenhagen assistant film professor Eva Redvall, an expert on Scandinavian drama.
“Its international success came as a surprise,” she added.
“The interplay of the political arena, the personal drama and the media in a Danish setting turned out to also intrigue and fascinate abroad”.